Motivation is a key indicator of whether somebody will achieve their goals. Without motivation they are without success. We’ve just outlined a method by which you can keep yourself motivated, but you have to keep yourself motivated through the goal itself. When making up a goal you have to make sure it’s something where progress can be measured.
For example, if a student says they want to read five 500-page textbooks in six months they can measure their progress quite easily. Simply take the figure representing the pages (2500) and measure it against how many pages have been read so far. Easy!
Ok, doing the same thing with goals isn’t as easy, but it can be done. As long as there’s some rough indicator of how well you are doing you are going to know exactly how far along you are in your progress.